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Updated: Sunday, January 2, 2005 7:53 PM EST
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(14) Arizona 97, Arizona St 79

TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Mustafa Shakur is known for his ability to defend and distribute the basketball. He showed Arizona State that he can score as well.

Shakur scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half, and Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire combined for 27 points in the second half as No. 14 Arizona pulled away for a 97-79 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams.

Shakur, who had scored in double figures just twice all season and had managed just 51 points in his last eight games, made 6-of-8 shots in the first half and added five quick points in the second half to help the Wildcats pull away.

"Between Mustafa and Salim, they were 8-of-10 from 3-point range," Arizona coach Lute Olsen said. "Neither of them are forcing any shots. They were outstanding in every phase of the game. (They had) one turnover apiece, and defensively, I thought they really kept the pressure on the ASU guards."

Arizona State pulled to within 64-58 with 11:39 to play before Stoudamire sparked a 21-6 run with two 3-pointers and 10 points. Stoudamire finished with 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the arc. Since serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, Stoudamire is 18-of-24 in four games, making 15-of-19 from 3-point range.

"My teammates did a good job of finding me open," Stoudamire said. "I'm just going to continue shooting the ball as long as I can...Mustafa shot the ball with confidence tonight. They are going to find me no matter what, but he helps me out. It's all about cashing in on open looks."

Frye, who played only eight minutes in the first half because of two fouls, finished with a season-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. With the Wildcats trailing, 27-18, he scored six straight points when he scored a basket on the inside, was intentionally fouled and converted both free throws. Arizona (11-2, 1-0 Pac-10) then took the ball out on the side and Frye scored another inside hoop.

Ike Diogu, had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona State (11-2, 0-1), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Kruger added 14 points for the Sun Devils, who were trying for their first win in Tucson since 1995.

"We know we are better than we played today," Diogu said. "This is just one game. We are not going to let this ruin our season. It is still only our second loss of the year. We just have to go back to practice.

"Every time I got the ball, there were two or three defenders on me. When I would think I had an open shot, I would turn around right into a defender."

Diogu, who was 6-of-11 from the line, came into the game leading the nation in free throws attempted (129) and made (116). He was also fifth in scoring (22.8) and 12th in rebounding (10.3). He shot 8-of-13 from the floor but the defense by Frye and others helped neutralize the Sun Devils center.

"Ike (Diogu) is a load inside, and he has great, great hands," Olsen said. "He's not somebody who talks or shows a lot of emotion, he just plays. He's a good guy. But the only time he had open looks is when he turned and faced the defenders and shot the ball over them.

"Channing (Frye) played well again. He still needs to keep out of foul trouble so we can get more minutes out of him."

Shakur, who entered the game averaging 8.3 points on 37 percent shooting, finished 8-of-12 from the floor and converted a career-high four 3-pointers. He finished three points shy of his career high for Arizona, which won its eight straight game.

"I've been putting a lot of extra time in the gym," Shakur said. "It is starting to come together now. I've been working hard for situations like when Salim is getting double-teamed.

"I wanted to provide that energy and spark. Somebody has to get the energy going until everyone gets going. I guess I got a lot of rest over the weekend. I was ready and fired up. Coach Olsen has been fired up and on me all week."

Behind 12 points and three 3-pointers by Kruger, Arizona State led most of the first half until Arizona closed with a 16-5 run over the final 5:43 to take a 46-41 lead into the locker room.

"I felt the team came ready to play," Arizona coach Rob Evans said. "We played a good first 20 minutes, they put the pressure on us and got some easy baskets in transition."


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